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Game Night on a Budget

Published:  March 1, 2017

Having people over for game night and need some ideas, without breaking the bank? You've come to the right place, because Grand Prix International has manufactured some awesome games under $15! Here's the top five games you'll want to pick up before your next game night!


5) Dodge Dice - GameWright 

2-6 players

Ages- 8+

Average Game - 15 minutes 


In the fast-moving dice game Dodge Dice, there's one simple goal: dodge the penalty points. Roll the dice and try not to have them match the color of the penalty die. Use your skip chips to pass a turn, but spend them wisely or else you might get hit with big points. End the game with the lowest score and escape with a win!


4) Dragon Slayer - Indie Boards and Cards 

2-5 players

Ages - 14+

Average Game - 15 minutes 


You are the world's most fearless dragon slayers, competing to be crowned the master slayer. Your brave warrior must search far and wide for these ferocious beasts, defend yourself against its attacks and be ever ready to strike them down. Even in victory your companions may challenge your courage, demanding that you prove your valor with foolhardy audacity or cower in their mocking taunts.

Dragon Slayer is a new push-your-luck game that's a deceptively difficult challenge. Like all great PYL games, the rules are simple, with you repeating the Dragon Hunt until you decide to stop. The very interesting twist is the player challenges. The ability to challenge — and rewards for passing or failing when challenged — add a dimension to everything that you do on your turn. What order do you go after dragons? When do you stop? When do you challenge? Who do you challenge? How do you get others not to challenge you?!

3) Munchkin - Steve Jackson Games 

3-6 Players

Ages - 10+

Average game - 1 hour 



Go down in the dungeon. Kill everything you meet. Backstab your friends and steal their stuff. Grab the treasure and run.

Admit it. You love it.

This award-winning card game, designed by Steve Jackson, captures the essence of the dungeon experience... with none of that stupid roleplaying stuff. You and your friends compete to kill monsters and grab magic items. And what magic items! Don the Horny Helmet and the Boots of Butt-Kicking. Wield the Staff of Napalm... or maybe the Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment. Start by slaughtering the Potted Plant and the Drooling Slime, and work your way up to the Plutonium Dragon...

And it's illustrated by John Kovalic! Fast-playing and silly, Munchkin can reduce any roleplaying group to hysteria. And, while they're laughing, you can steal their stuff.

2) Bananagrams - Bananagrams 


1-8 Players

Ages-  7+

Average Game - 15 minutes 



A Scrabble-like game without the board -- much like Pick Two!, but without the letter values.

Using a selection of 144 plastic letter tiles in the English edition, each player works independently to create their own 'crossword'. When a player uses up all their letters, all players take a new tile from the pool. When all the tiles are gone, the first player to use up all the tiles in their hand wins.

There are also variants included in the rules, and the game is suitable for solo play.


1) Tenzi - Tenzi

2-4 Players

Ages - 7+

Average game - 5 Minutes 


Every player gets 10 dice.

The object of the game is to roll the dice as fast as possible, the player who gets all dice on the same number and yells "Tenzi!" is the winner.

Several variants are suggested in the rules to add variety, interactivity and challenge:

  • Tenzi Tower: In addition to getting the dice on the same number, they all have to be stacked on top of one another in a single column.
  • Splitzi: Roll one number on 5 dice, and another number on the other 5.
  • Team Tenzi: In teams of 2, try to roll the same number on all 20 dice.
  • Target Tenzi: All players call the number they will go for before rolling the first time.
  • Stealzi: When another player rolls the number that you need on their dice, you can steal those dice and give them yours in exchange.


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